payess

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From Yiddish פּאות(peyes).

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payess pl (plural only)

  1. Sidelocks worn by Hasidic and Orthodox male Jews. [from 19th c.]
    • 1968, Jewish Currents, vol. 22, p. 18:
      With box or beads or peyiss, / Let each do his own thing.
    • 2006, Howard Jacobson, Kalooki Nights:
      'Manny? Sweet? Manny doesn't do sweet.'
      'Every man does sweet, Max. Even weird ones with payess.'
    • 2015, Mark Leibovich, The New York Times, 29 August:
      He showed me the items in his den, or ‘‘trophy room’’ — the cardboard cutout of Sinatra wearing Jewish payos, the portrait of King made entirely of jelly beans, his Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.

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